Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Fixed it, etc.

I had my laptop in pieces yesterday, trying to fix the overheating problem. I have been trying to reach the fan for a while now, but its cutting off 3 times in two days drove me to desperation.

My Dad trained me up to be a bit handy with a toolset and other random utensils. So, armed with a Philips screwdriver, sharp surgical tweezers, and some soft brushes, I attacked the machine.

Gosh, the amount of chalky dust that floated out of the fan - and I pulled out an impressive plug of fluff (offending article?). There was lots more from the keyboard. Three years' worth.

Also amazing: the number of screws holding these things together.

Status: Fan sounds quiet, laptop running well.

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I applied for two interesting jobs yesterday. Interesting, as in, not a humdrum office job - I apply to copious numbers of those with dread in my heart. But interesting jobs as in, casting assistant, subtitler, listings writer. Quirky, varied, I want that. Not to wear a suit every day.

And...one of them was in the USA...worth a shot...am I giving up on London? Maybe...

Oh, and a call from a recruiter this morning regarding temp jobs in media/cosmetics/fashion, etc.
Didn't catch it all, but I am going in tomorrow for an interview.

Why do recruiters talksofastonthephone???
I feel left behind, clutching at the ends of their words, asking them to repeat please....

*sigh*

14 comments:

Leilouta said...

"Temp jobs in media/cosmetics/fashion,etc.." Wow! I am jealous.That sounds so exciting. I wish you the best. About all the laptop pieces..Ah..what can I say? I am not even sure I know what a screwdriver or sharp surgical tweezers are! All I know is that I once cleaned my keyboard by shaking it upside down, and I found all kinds of food in it. Almost as disgusting as my car

Olivia said...

Leilouta - Yes, hopefully cooler than that law firm I was at last week.

Ew, don't remind me of your car... Shaking it upside down! Why didn't I think of that? ;)

Olivia said...

P.S. I bet after waxing, those Vietnamese ladies use tweezers to tidy you up a bit...

Steliano Ponticos said...

wow that's really hard what you did with your laptop, i mean you're skilled at this. i always wanted to be a subtitler, at school i said that.

Jia Li said...

like I said before...I am proud of you

Olivia said...

Merci merci Steli :)
That is an interesting thing to want to be in high schoo, but we all know how unique you are!
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Grazie jia li.

Leilouta said...

"P.S. I bet after waxing, those Vietnamese ladies use tweezers to tidy you up a bit..."
LOL...Ok I know what tweezers are now.
See, I learn a lot from you :)

Anonymous said...

This is what's great about you....multi-talented. You can do anything. And just about anything catches your interest too (if it's interesting). hehe

Vanessa

Chris in MB said...

People never realize how much dust in is the air until they crack open a computer!

Also, just imagine how much of the "dust" in the fan/keyboard is actually your dander.

I've always wondered why they don't come fitted with air filters. Fitted all my shop computers with them. Extends the life of the units greatly!

Chris in MB said...

BTW, I like your profile image/icon
You have that sneaky, like the "cat who ate the canary" look about you!

Steliano Ponticos said...

subtitling seems such an open thing i mean the movies can be about anything and from anywhere!

Olivia said...

Vee, you are a darling for knowing me so well, probably better than I know myself ;)
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Chris - yes, filters that we can remove easily for cleaning.
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Thanks for the compliment. Isn't it interesting that Leilouta and I reveal different halves of our faces.
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Steli - the job I wanted was actually for live television, and the subtitler uses a voice recognition programme. I will send you the description if I can find it. Quite interesting.

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